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Marlene A. Sassaman
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  • Indialantic, Florida 32903
  • United States
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Hey Suky

Started Aug 24, 2009 0 Replies

Featured

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marlene A. Sassaman Mar 3, 2009. 2 Replies

Solo Sleeping at Sea

Started this discussion. Last reply by CruisingEditor Feb 9, 2009. 12 Replies

 

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Profile Type:
Sailor
Homeport:
Melbourne, Florida
About Me:
Sailing at Sixty is the theme for my writings and adventures as I train for a solo circumnavigation during this exciting decade of my life. Competitive racer on sunfish, Hobies, Corsair tris and Lindenberg 28s.

Doctor of Education

Sailing Instructor, photographer, and writer
Current location:
Indialantic, Florida
Destinations visited:
East Coast of Florida from Cocoa to Key West

Sea of Abaco - 5 weeks alone on "SPRAY" (Corsair F28)

Two Gulf Stream Crossings (Miami to West End; West End to Pierce)
Looking to:
Future solo sails, both coastal and offshore.

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Slowly, steady away

Posted on December 5, 2011 at 6:34am 0 Comments

Another chapter in my aging life closed yesterday about 2 pm when I seemingly nice gentleman bought my six year old Sunfish. It felt nice returning from the regatta knowing I could tend to other things besides washing the boat, fixing up little do dads and getting her ready for the next race. I grew tired of dragging her off the hill at the yacht club. I grew tired of sailing upwind with no competition within 100 yards after rounding the first mark. Well, certainly after the leeward mark the…

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Evolution versus Revolution

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 8:45pm 0 Comments

Years ago a sailing friend who specializes in building hydrofoils reminded a group of us that change only takes place via revolution or evolution. This was related to the development of such performance boats as high speed hydrofoil sailboats.It also applies to life. Take for instance the sudden change to a spouse left alone by his or her mate's untimely death. Suddenly decisions have to be made which may cause major change; selling a house, moving in with other family members, getting a…

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When all else fails....

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 8:08am 0 Comments

Reading the Yanmar Diesel Manual was overwhelming at first. I scanned each page of it a few months back as I transitioned it into a looseleaf notebook. Important pages, like what type of oil to use and the maintenance checklist were put in a plastic sleeve. During my daily boat check on Monday I was too tired to take on any real tasks, like sanding the eyebrow the protects the gps in the cockpit, I slithered below to sit at the galley table. After gazing out the stern castle window, which…

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Alternator/battery ???????/

Posted on November 23, 2011 at 8:32pm 0 Comments

Here comes another lesson to learn about diesels. Maybe I should keep a log of each thing I learn....well that's another blog entry. For now my concern is that the last two times, about a week apart, that I started up my Danny Diesel, 2 gm yanmar she made that grinding kind of sound that makes you say, "Come on baby, you can start!" Someone told me yesterday that a diesel should start up right away. So, do I check the battery, the alternator, or what?????

I had a guy look at my wiring…

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Making sailors our of friends,,,,,,,,

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 7:27am 0 Comments

Several times in the past month I read this statement. Not sure where or who wrote it, but I wish I would remember it and quit wasting time. It goes something like this:

 

           It is easier to make friends with sailors than to make friends into sailors.

 

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At 6:35am on August 2, 2011, Kate O Donovan said…
Am in South West Ireland. Have managed to get a bit of sailing experience in other parts of the world over the last 2 years. Caribbean Is in 2010, Southern Spain from Fuengirola to Alicante a few weeks ago and have a trip planned for Greece in Oct from Athens up to Corfu. Will head away for a few days this month in my own boat and for a couple of weeks in early September. Have not solo sailed yet (except for a quick trip out in the bay a few years ago ..no wind ..so will not count that!) but am ever so slowly gearing myself in that direction. My preference is to sail with other sailors but its difficult to organise it. Think the old saying is the wisest ...make friends with sailors rather than trying to make sailors out of friends! Cheers. Kate
At 3:56am on July 3, 2011, Kate O Donovan said…
Just read your profile ...you have very exciting plans ....go for it!! Am a couple of years behind you but looking to see a bit of the world too. The best has yet to come!
At 3:40am on July 3, 2011, Kate O Donovan said…
Best of luck with your new boat and safe sailing!
At 1:48am on January 4, 2011, h said…

Marlene,

 

A few link on Tri that may be of interest.

http://www.sail-world.com/cruising/usa/Trimaran-circles-the-Arctic-in-a-single-season/75846

 

http://www.ousland.no/category/northern-passage-2010/

 

Good Luck in your trip preparation.

 

h

At 1:06am on December 2, 2010, zeehag said…
marlene--will you be sailing nonstop or visiting places on your trip>> which direction are you going to travel?
At 7:01pm on July 29, 2010, LOLA said…
Marlene...your circle rainbow is entered on the July contest.

You ask on the JUNE contest voting page,,Where is my picture?

What was your picture for June...?I will go to your photos and enter it for you if you want,
At 5:59am on July 19, 2010, LOLA said…
Liv left this message in the July contest page in CHIT CHAT..you need to join the JULY contest, I placed your photo there for you

this is what she said:
Marlene, that circular rainbow is a very interesting photo.
I hope you win this contest with this shot. I see no one else entered the contest.. I shall post a photo
At 7:17pm on July 5, 2010, LOLA said…
Hi I moved your Circle rainbow to the proper place..July photo contest...go to my page and join there...no need to reload it.

I like it ...thanks for participating.
At 7:27pm on June 5, 2010, Maryanne Schauman said…
Spray gets out of Rehab, Ya!!!
At 7:24pm on June 5, 2010, Maryanne Schauman said…

 
 
 

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Jochen Vetterlein replied to Jochen Vetterlein's discussion O43: Good tracking on starboard side - poor on port side in the group Beneteau 40 & 43
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